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mardi 18 juin 2013

Striking Algerian catering workers need your support

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Algerian catering workers in week 3 of tough strike - act now!

Some 1,200 subcontracted workers providing catering and other services to the Algerian state petrochemical giant Sonatrach are in the third week of their difficult strike and remain camped out in front of the company headquarters in Hassi R'mel.

Employed by 3 private catering companies - Bayat, Saha and Cieptal - the employees work 6 weeks straight before having a 2-week break (Sonatrach employees work 4 weeks on, 4 weeks off). Their salaries in many cases fall below the national minimum wage, and in a month of 31 days they are only paid for 30. They complain of degrading and humiliating living and working conditions: substandard food, inadequate water, poor accommodation and hygiene, unlimited working days in sweltering heat.

On April 20 the workers took industrial action - and an agreement was signed the same day with representatives of the company and the local authorities agreeing to their demands as of May 1. The terms of that agreement were not implemented.

On strike since May 29, the workers are demanding that the agreement be implemented - click here to send a message to the government and the companies.

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